Jeremiah 29:5-7 – ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and father sons and daughters…grow in numbers there and do not decrease. 7 Seek the prosperity of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its prosperity will be your prosperity.’
Have you ever found yourself asking, even begging God to change your circumstances? There are times we wonder if God really loves us because He keeps us in a place that we don’t want to be.
In Jeremiah 29, the prophet is speaking to Israel regarding circumstances they do not want to be in. They are going into exile in Babylon and God is telling them to get comfortable and make the best of it. In fact, He says to Israel that they need to see their own prosperity directly connected to how they’re helping others prosper. They need to change their perspective!
When we find ourselves in circumstances we don’t want to be in, there is a tendency to become unfruitful, demotivated, and distant from God until He changes it. Have you ever stopped to think that while you are waiting on God’s exit plan, He is waiting on you to trust Him enough to make the best of where you are at?
Until God decides to change things for you, why don’t you decide to seek the prosperity of those around you and pray for them. You might be surprised to find God giving you a new heart and a new perspective that blesses you in return.